Why I write about me

Emmanuel Carrère, writer: "When I write" I ", I feel in the right place"

"To write" I "is not necessarily to speak about oneself On the three novels that I I wrote in the first person, I am both narrator and protagonist in A Russian novel , and this is not an autofiction, because the share of fiction is almost zero! that I manage to clean up my own life so I can write Other Lives than Mine , even though the writing of these two books overlapped, and this process was totally unconscious There was no self-censorship for A Russian novel , but the transgression of something forbidden and very internalized: talking about my grandfather, my mother's father - this she did not want to. It was beneficial to me, I dreaded the family fallout, and the next was conflictual with my mother and my ex-companion, but nothing catastrophic or irreversible. When I told myself in this book, I became disengaged, I became more free, more attentive, more present to others, a little less neurotic ... When I write "I", in my novels as in articles, I am in the right place. This formatting - even if I do not like to use this term - is not there to talk about me, but seems to me right: who is speaking? Who is moved? Who is scared? ... A reference to May 68 and the slogan: "Where are you from? "From my place."

Annemarie Trekker, editorial director: "I take back my past"

"I am the only daughter of parents who are themselves unique children. A few years ago, my mother, who has since died, had Alzheimer's disease and at the same time, I was in trouble with my father. This episode led me to write a book: I wanted to take back what belonged to me, my past. I could not write it in the first person singular because it was too difficult, but it was the story of my own story. To write on oneself is to get back in motion and not to become fixed in a self established once and for all. Going up the family chain, I had the impression to remove a blanket of silence. Today, I lead writing tables in "life stories", an adventure that gave birth to a publishing house. Transforming your memories, your memory into a book, through a work of formatting, is constructor. I compare it to a rite of passage as we know it in archaic societies, with the crossing of the ages of life. There, writing comes to say: "You performed a ritual that you could not accomplish previously. "Words are an excellent mediation to succeed in talking about oneself while taking a certain distance and, when it is well done, the intimate joins the universal."


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